Model Jesse Randhawa on playing professor in Anurag Kashyaps Gulaal
Those who have seen her sashaying down the ramp would probably agree that model Jesse Randhawa,with her statuesque height and boyish cropped hair,looks everything but the quintessential Bollywood girl. That could be one reason why director Anurag Kashyap,with his penchant for the offbeat,zeroed in on her for Gulaal. It was a long time back right after he made Paanch and the Censor Board did not allow the film to be released. He called me for a script session and I was totally convinced about Anurags mettle as a director, says the Mumbai-based model,as she awaits the films release today.
Randhawa plays a professor who falls victim to college politics in Rajasthan. Its not a happy character. But Anurag said it was apt for me and I thought it gave me enough scope to prove myself as an actor, she nods. Its not Randhawas first time in front of the camera she debuted in Nabhkumar Rajus flop Chot (2004) and followed it up with a more memorable item number in Kashyaps No Smoking. I dont think dancing around trees,wearing a wig,suits my personality. Id rather do exciting things lip-sync to a male voice,get under the skin of a troubled character, says the woman,whose next appearance isa cameo in Srinivasan Bhashyams Love Khichdi.
Despite the many fashion weeks on her plate,Randhawa has no difficulty finding time for moves outside the ramp. Thats an advantage about fashion. You always have enough time on hand. Besides,with the meltdown,if you have more alternatives to keep you going,the better for you. Of late,dance (Randhawa performs regularly with partner Sandip Soparrkar) has really got me involved. Maybe,Gulaal will see me get more focussed on Bollywood.